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International Team Has Sequenced the Atlantic Salmon Genome

June 18, 2014

The International Cooperation to Sequence the Atlantic Salmon Genome (ICSASG) has successfully mapped the whole genome sequence of the Atlantic salmon. The fully assembled reference sequence, which is available for researchers worldwide, will have a major impact on revealing information about salmon and other salmonids, such as rainbow trout and Pacific salmon.

Dr. Steinar Bergseth, Chair of the International Steering Committee for the ICSASG, said "Knowledge of the whole genome makes it possible to see how genes interact with each other, and examine the exact gene that governs a certain trait such as resistance against a particular disease. The development of vaccines and targeted treatment is much closer."

For more information, read http://www.genomebc.ca/news-events/news-releases/2014/scientific-breakthrough-international-collaboration-has-sequenced-atlantic-salmon-genome/.